Former Hoppers’ skipper Rodriguez will manage Marlins for rest of the 2010 season

Posted by Andy Durham on June 30, 2010 at 11:13 am under Professional | Comments are off for this article

Edwin Rogriguez, a friend and reader of this web site/blog will stay on and manage the Florida Marlins for the remainder of the 2010 baseball season….

Edwin was named the interim skipper of the Marlins when they let Freddie Gonzalez go, and now the former Greensboro Grasshoppers leader will pilot the Marlins, the rest of the way this year….

Cngratulations Edwin, and let’s hope you can stick in your new capacity for a few more years, as the Marlins prepare to open their new stadium some time in the next year or so in South Florida….Edwin has gone (3-4) in his first seven games as the Marlins big fisherman and let’s hope he can keep it rolling and that he his Fish can reel in a playoff spot….(The Braves, Mets and Phillies will be tough to catch, but what the heck, “go for it”. Remember what Jack McKeon did, as he took over the Marlins, when they let Jeff Torborg go, and he led the Fish to the World Series title)……

from in the upper left hand column of our Home Page and it should still be the lead story…..

MIAMI (AP) — Edwin Rodriguez, the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the major leagues, will continue to lead the Florida Marlins through to the end of this season.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told the team before its game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday night that Rodriguez will stay on as manager through the rest of the 2010 season. The club made the announcement in the second inning of its 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.

“I have to say, I was surprised. I just heard 30 minutes before the game,” Rodriguez said with a grin.

Rodriguez is the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the major leagues. He was named interim manager last Wednesday when Florida fired Fredi Gonzalez, its all-time winningest skipper. Gonzalez was dismissed after going 276-279 in 3 1/2 seasons.

Rodriguez said he’s looking forward to telling his family and friends in person once he gets over the shock.

“It was a special night for him, and a special night for the team,” said second baseman Dan Uggla, who homered and hit the game-winning single in the ninth inning. “To get this situation resolved, well, it just feels like a really positive thing.”

With their victory, the Marlins improved to 3-4 under Rodriguez. Minutes before the first pitch, he was embraced warmly by his players in the dugout.

“They were very excited. They hugged me, they talked to me,” Rodriguez said. “All the guys were great.”

The Marlins also interviewed former third-base coach Bo Porter, now with Arizona, and had interest in ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine before deciding to stay with Rodriguez. On Sunday, Loria said the process would take “as long as it takes,” adding that the organization would make sure “we get the right guy.”

Loria said he told Rodriguez just before the game of his decision.

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